At the University of Vermont, several higher education and student affairs graduate assistantships are available annually. Each assistantship is designed to provide graduate students with a professional opportunity to support and develop the University's goals and activities through its work with students. For specific questions about the assistantship recruitment process, please contact Jilliene Rodriguez and Janelle Raymundo, sagrads@uvm.edu or by phone at (802) 656-4643. The majority of graduate students who presently hold assistantships are enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) graduate program.

We are excited to offer a variety of assistantship opportunities for our HESA graduate students to learn, work, and grow professionally. The list of available HESA Graduate Assistantships for Fall 2020 will be available as of Friday, November 1, 2019. To see the assistantships in Fall 2019 and the current available assistantships for Fall 2020, please see below. Last updated 11/6/2019.

How to Apply

In order for your HESA Graduate Assistantship application materials to be complete, you must:

Submit an Assistantship Application

Submit a Graduate College Application

Please note: Your application to the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) Program will not be considered complete until BOTH applications are submitted to the appropriate places.

We no longer require the GRE to be eligible for graduate assistantships.

HESA Graduate Assistantships
Available Fall 2019

The following list of opportunities are filled by current students and offer a full tuition fellowship and assistantship stipend. These positions, and others, are subject to change based on a variety of factors. This list will be updated as changes occur. Updated: 11/26/18

Graduate Assistant for Campus Programs

Department: Department of Student Life
Availability: Fall 2019

Available Positions: 1

General Description: The Graduate Assistant for Campus Programs position is designed to provide support for the Office of Campus Programs within in the Department of Student Life. The Office of Campus Programs provides consistent, high quality, and inclusive co-curricular programing to the UVM community. The Graduate Assistant for Campus Programs aids in hiring, training, advising, and supervising the UVM Program Board (UPB) and Week of Welcome Squad. This individual will assess student social program outcomes with attention to the diverse needs of the UVM student body. This position aids in developing and implementing programming for Week of Welcome, FallFest, WinterFest, and SpringFest and events that meets the University’s social justice and environmental stewardship needs. This includes negotiating performances and programs with agents and performers, and the development of After Dark, UVM’s late night programming entity. Expectations for this position also include participation in workshops and activities to develop multicultural competencies and promote social justice - as well as to contribute to fostering a collaborative, multicultural environment for UVM students and staff. Our work is grounded in a commitment to environmental stewardship, social justice, and student centeredness.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

• Co-advise and supervise the UVM Program Board (UPB), specifically working with the production team and one planning committee
• Assist in the coordination and implementation of week-long and large-scale programming such as Week of Welcome, FallFest, Fright Week, WinterFest and SpringFest.
• Serve as the lead coordinator for After Dark, UVM’s late night programming entity, which includes program development, marketing, and event execution.
• Partner with the Coordinator for Campus Programs to develop a leadership and social justice curriculum for UPB meetings, trainings, and retreats
• Implementation of a "Passion Project"

Departmental Website: uvm.edu/studentlife/campusprograms

Key Characteristics:

• Student Development/Interaction - Very Frequent
• Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
• Programming/Event Planning - Very Frequent
• Project Development/Implementation - Frequent
• Autonomy - Very Frequent
• Supervising - Very Frequent
• Advising - Very Frequent
• Collaboration - Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for the Career Center

Department: Career Center
Availability: Fall 2019

Available Positions: 1

General Description: General Description: The Career Center leads university-wide efforts to educate, empower, and equip UVM students as they build successful career paths. The graduate assistant is an integral part of these efforts, providing comprehensive career services to students in alignment with the institution’s career success initiatives. Services include support with job and internship searching, graduate school advising, major choice, and career exploration. This position would also develop, market, and facilitate a series of alumni panel presentations. We wholeheartedly embrace diversity and multiculturalism and active engagement in creating a welcome and inclusive environment is a requirement of this role.

Responsibilities:

• Provide career counseling to students. (Training provided in career development, counseling theory, micro-counseling skill development, and career resources)
• Offer drop-in career assistance to students and alumni at the Hub, one day per week, and assist with staff coverage as needed.
• Coordinate alumni panel series on various industries. Research and recruit alumni, facilitate panel discussions, and organize event logistics. Promote to students using email and social media, and perform outreach to student groups and faculty.
• Deliver workshops in classes and other venues on topics such as: resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and networking.
• Review resumes and cover letters through our job and internship database, Handshake.
• Create or edit career-related materials and assist with other projects as needed.

Departmental Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~career

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction – Frequent
  • Counseling / Advising - Frequent
  • Project Development / Implementation - Frequent
  • Autonomy - Frequent
  • Collaboration - Sometimes

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Graduate Assistant for Leadership & Civic Engagement Programs in Student Life

Department: Department of Student Life
Availability: Fall 2019

Available Positions: 1

General Description: The University of Vermont’s Leadership & Civic Engagement Programs (LCE) is housed in the Department of Student Life. The mission of Student Life is to foster an inclusive culture of student leadership development, community involvement, and programming in order to develop a socially just community of lifelong learners. The mission of LCE is to foster a culture of student involvement, leadership, and learning through hands-on civic engagement.

The Graduate Assistant in LCE serves as a resource for UVM students interested in leadership, activism, community service, and social justice efforts. The position develops the graduate assistant’s skills of event or action planning, public relations, advising, evaluation and social justice training. In addition to the responsibilities listed below, the graduate assistant has the opportunity to design and work on projects of his or her own initiative with the input of the position supervisor, the AD of Leadership & Civic Engagement (AD for LCE).

This position works with another GA for LCE and the AD for LCE to offer comprehensive programs and trainings in Leadership and Civic Engagement. Projects can vary with the first and second year; see below.
Assistantship Responsibilities:

• Campus Marketing & Outreach for Service Projects: Oversee the management of volunteer requests (from off-campus) for UVM students through outreach of community partners and the use of social media tools and other online resources connecting students to projects. Curate, design, and send a biweekly newsletter of involvement opportunities.
• Social Justice Training: Coordinate the logistics of the Next Step Retreat (a social justice retreat for students) with a campus leadership team, team of facilitators, and the AD for LCE.
• Student Leader Recognition: Plan and produce campus-wide annual Student Life Awards Ceremony each spring, and assist in highlighting student leadership year-round.
• Student Leader Training & Coaching: Advise student service organizations; provide drop-in advising and support to students interested in getting engaged on campus
• Student Service Organization Advising: advise service-focused student organizations through executive board, general body, and one-on-one meetings with student leaders. Organization support and projects may vary as needed (e.g., student org-produced events, benchmarking other institutions, etc.).
• Student Organization Advising Support: support outreach and develop resources and programming for advisors to student groups; host monthly advisor coffee hour events; curate, design, and send a monthly advisor newsletter.
• Student Staff: Supervise and work with student staff to produce leadership events, projects, and public relations for programming.
• Training: Extensive training creation and delivery for student leaders, including outreach and maintaining online tools and resources. Assist in the leader training for our Service TREK program as well as workshops by request.

Departmental Website: uvm.edu/studentlife/lce

Key Characteristics:

• Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
• Higher Education/Administration- Sometimes
• Programming-Frequent
• Project Development/Implementation-Frequent
• Autonomy-Frequent
• Supervising-Sometimes
• Advising-Frequent
• Collaboration-Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for Residential Life - Assistant Residence Director

Department: Residential Life
Availability: Fall 2019

Available Positions: 10

General Description: The Assistant Residence Director is important in the day-to-day management of a residential Learning Community. This position is directly supervised by a full-time Area Coordinator (AC)/Residence Director (RD) and assists in all matters pertaining to the management of the residential student experience of a complex ranging in size from 440-700 residents with 10-27 Resident Advisors (RAs). The Assistant Residence Director has some evening and weekend responsibilities as well as on call responsibilities. This is a 10 month assistantship (August-May) with training in beginning in July. This is a live-in position.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

• Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, development and evaluation of RAs.
• Directly supervise up to 6 RAs and indirectly supervise up to 21 additional RAs; providing direction, support and development through one-on-one and staff meetings.
• Participate in the development and implementation of the ongoing training process for student staff members throughout the year.
• Responsible for the implementation of educational and social programs that promote the development of community, student awareness and interaction, through the implementation of restorative practices and advisement of staff, hall council and other student leaders. This is done in collaboration with the Learning Communities Team.
• Advise and meet weekly with the Hall Council Executive Board members to provide development training and guidance.
• Assist in carrying out procedures for the opening and closing processes
• Oversee the implementation of monthly health and safety inspections of student rooms.
• Serve as a hearing officer through the Center for Student Conduct for residents who have allegedly violated sections of the University Conduct Code.
• Serve as resource/referral agent for campus and community resources.
• Participate in a rotating on-call system, responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
• Create and maintain communities that are welcoming and accepting of people of all ethnicities, abilities, ages, sex, gender or identity expression, national origins, religions, and sexual orientations.
• Actively confront situations of intolerance and bias that result from lack of respect.
• Serve on Residential Education area related committees.

Departmental Website: http://reslife.uvm.edu/

Key Characteristics:

• Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
• Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
• Student Programming - Sometimes
• Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation - Frequent
• Autonomy - Sometimes
• Supervising - Frequent
• Advising – Frequent
• Collaboration – Frequent

Additional Notes: The compensation for this ten month position includes full tuition remission, a stipend, a semi-furnished on-campus apartment, and small meal plan.

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Available Fall 2020

The following list of offices with opportunities that are currently available. The positions are subject to change based on a variety of factors. This list will be updated as changes occur.

Graduate Assistant for Academic Success - Orientation & New Student Programs

Department: Center for Academic Success
Availability: Fall 2020

General Description: The Graduate Assistant assists with the overall goals and programs of the Center for Academic Success, with a special emphasis on working with and supporting Orientation and New Student Programs. The Graduate Assistant works closely with and is supervised by the Director for Orientation to plan, coordinate, and implement the various Orientation Programs for new students and their family members. 

These programs include:

  • A summer orientation program required for new first-year students
  • A fall and spring one-day Orientation program for new first-year students and transfer students
  • An extended Orientation program required for all new students during Opening Weekend in the fall

As an Orientation Program and Office, we are actively committed to our values of social justice and inclusion in a variety of ways such as engaging in critical reflection and dialogue around our personal and social identities; holistically supporting the success of our new students who hold marginalized identities; and participating in trainings, programs, and workshops that advance our understanding of and skillsets to engage in social justice and inclusion efforts.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support with the facility and operational needs of the Orientation Program
  • Recruit and select student staff of approximately 45 student Orientation Leaders
  • Assist in the planning and facilitation of Orientation Staff Trainings & Curriculum
  • Supervise one of three undergraduate student orientation coordinators in planning and implementing new transfer student programs and initiatives
  • Support the planning and execution of new transfer student orientation programs from start to finish, including but not limited to goal-setting and assessment initiatives
  • Coordinate and implement new transfer student initiatives, in collaboration with the undergraduate student orientation coordinator
  • Provide programmatic support for additional events or activities catered towards new first-years and transfer students, with special emphasis on supporting new students with marginalized identities
  • Actively engage student staff and professional staff in programming, training, and dialogue specific to topics of diversity, social justice, and inclusion
  • Provide programmatic and collaborative support to the First Year Experience Program, as needed
  • Attend weekly programmatic meetings with Orientation & First Year Experience Staff and Student Staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Departmental Website: http://www.uvm.edu/studentlife/orientation/

Orientation Website: https://www.uvm.edu/orientation

Additional Notes:

  • There will be occasional evening and weekend responsibilities
  • Professional development opportunities are available to the Graduate Assistant which include, but is not limited to attending the NODA Regional Conference, serving on a departmental/program committee, etc.
  • The assistantship begins in early August and continues until the end of June once the Orientation Program concludes (with extra pay for additional time worked in May and June)
  • The Graduate Assistant will work with 3-4 additional Orientation Graduate Student Coordinators in the Spring and Summer who have been hired to assist with the coordination and implementation of the Summer Orientation Programs

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
  • Programming - Very Frequent
  • Project Development/Implementation - Sometimes
  • Autonomy - Very Frequent
  • Supervising - Sometimes
  • Advising - Sometimes
  • Collaboration - Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for Academic & Community Engagement

Department: Community-Engaged Learning (CELO)
Availability: Fall 2020

General Description: The Office of Community-Engaged Learning (CELO) is housed in academic affairs, out of the Office of the Provost.  Our responsibilities lie in academic community engagement, which includes service-learning and community-engaged courses, a Service-Learning TA program, and faculty engaged scholarship.  We offer resources, training and support to faculty, students and community organizations to build transformative learning experiences for students through reciprocal partnerships. Such partnerships assume communities' assets and resilience, rather than community deficits.  Our mission as an office is to make community engagement more pervasive and deeper in its intentionality and impact.  We collaborate with the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement (LCE) in Student Affairs, the Leadership & Social Change RLC, the Coordinator of Service-Learning in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources (RSENR), the Office of Institutional Research and University Communications, among others.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) will develop skills in event planning, communications & storytelling, data tracking & assessment of community engagement, and student and partner development for community engagement.  These arenas align with the competencies of the Community Engagement Professional (CEP), an emerging construct in the field.  In addition, the GA will have exposure to the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement process, which is the leading national recognition for community-engaged institutions.  This is a nine-month assistantship (September-May) with training beginning in mid-August.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Student Development: The GA will support the CELO Program Coordinator in working with students for community engagement through EDHI 086: Local Communities & Civic Engagement and our Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Program.  In the first year, the GA will observe and then participate in the course; by the second year, the GA will be able to co-teach the course or lead sections of it.  Additional advising of civically-engaged students in collaboration with other units may also be possible. 
  • Communications and Storytelling: The GA will assist with story pitching, research, and development, including stories in multiple media.  In the second year, the GA can propose a story series to develop and implement addressing broader issues in community engagement, under the guidance of the CELO Director and Program Coordinator.
  • Data Tracking & Assessment: The GA will assist in the tracking of designated courses and the assessment of impact on students, community and faculty.  Specific tasks will include data entry, survey administration, observation of class presentations, and communication with community partners. 
  • Events & Programming: The GA will support the CELO annual awards event and assist in the development of our new student recognition program, including cords at graduation. 
  • Carnegie Classification Process: The GA will participate in strategy and planning sessions for the Carnegie Classification. They will learn about the institutionalization of community engagement in higher education and develop the capacity to self-assess strengths and gaps in UVM's institutionalization of community engagement in all areas of the institution (including beyond CELO's domain).
  • Partnerships & Community Engagement: The GA may choose to develop a project with a community partner around Carnegie, storytelling or student & partnership development, in consultation with the CELO Director and/or Program Coordinator, as appropriate.

Departmental Website: www.uvm.edu/~celo

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Very Frequent
  • Programming/Event Planning - Frequent
  • Project Development/Implementation – Frequent
  • Autonomy - Frequent
  • Supervising - Possible
  • Advising - Sometimes
  • Collaboration - Frequent

Additional Notes: Additional professional development opportunities in community engagement may be available for the GA, including workshops on storytelling and community ethnography through the Vermont Folklife Center and Campus Compact.

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Graduate Assistant for the Center for Health & Wellbeing – Education and Outreach Initiatives (Living Well)

Department: Center for Health & Wellbeing
Availability: Fall 2020

The Center for Health and Wellbeing at the University of Vermont is part of the Division of Student Affairs. The CHWB offers clinical care, health education and outreach, and prevention efforts to the campus population.  The GA Position is housed with the Education and Outreach team who works primarily in the education, outreach, and prevention areas across campus and in the Living Well space.

The mission of Living Well is to create opportunities for accessing information, identifying resources, developing skills and making healthy choices.  We do this through innovative programming, collaborating with and supporting campus partners, and advocating for individual and community health.

The Graduate Assistant in Education and Outreach/Living Well serves as a resource for UVM students interested in various aspects of health and wellness and public health initiatives. Specifically, this role will help with the continued development and advancement of bystander intervention efforts with the Step Up: Think. Care. Act model.  The position develops the graduate assistant’s skills of program development, training and facilitation, campus outreach and sustainable relationship building with campus partners.

In addition to the responsibilities listed below, the graduate assistant has the opportunity to work with other professionals in Living Well and have an opportunity to design and work on a project of their own initiative with the input of the position supervisor.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Bystander Intervention Training Coordination: Oversee the coordination of the Step-Up program through weekly team meetings, finding and organizing social media content and messages, managing trainings and finding opportunities for the team to gain exposure on campus.
  • Student Facilitator Training and Coaching: Advise and strengthen facilitation skills for the Step UP: Think. Care. Act student facilitator program.
  • Campus Outreach for Health and Wellness Initiatives as assigned: Support and participate in signature Living Well programs and initiatives such as Fresh Check Day, Finals Programming, and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Departmental Website: https://www.uvm.edu/health/livingwell

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction –Very Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Seldom
  • Programming/Event Planning - Sometimes
  • Project Development/Implementation – Sometimes
  • Autonomy - Frequent
  • Supervising - Seldom
  • Advising - Frequent
  • Collaboration – Very Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement Programs in Student Life

Department: Department of Student Life
Availability: Fall 2020

General Description: The University of Vermont’s Civic Engagement program is housed in the Department of Student Life. The mission of Student Life is to foster an inclusive culture of student leadership development, community involvement, and programming in order to develop a socially just community of lifelong learners. The mission of Civic Engagement is to foster a culture of student involvement, leadership, and learning through hands-on community service through a social justice framework.

The Graduate Assistant in Civic Engagement serves as a resource for UVM students interested in activism, community service, and social justice efforts. The position develops the graduate assistant’s leadership skills of event or action planning, public relations, advising, evaluation and social justice training. They will have the ability to work with the AD of Civic Engagement (AD for CE) on projects such as, but not limited to Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Community Service Fair, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and advising of service-based student organizations.  In addition, the responsibilities listed, the graduate assistant has the opportunity to the design and work on projects of his or her own initiative with the input of the position supervisor.

This position works with the AD for CE to offer comprehensive programs and trainings in Civic Engagement. Projects can vary with the first and second year.

Departmental Website: uvm.edu/studentlife/lce

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration- Sometimes
  • Programming-Frequent
  • Project Development/Implementation-Frequent
  • Autonomy-Frequent
  • Supervising-Sometimes
  • Advising-Frequent
  • Collaboration-Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for the College of Education and Social Services - Diversity and Community Engagement

Department: The College of Education and Social Services Dean's Office
Availability: Fall 2020

The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) Graduate Assistant position is designed to provide support for the Dean’s Office in the college. The Dean's Office provides leadership in facilitating a community partnership network to expand diversity initiatives for CESS. This work emphasizes collaboration through building relationships with local and national organizations, as well as on-campus colleagues to develop, implement, and assess inclusive excellence activities to influence and enable viable pathways to UVM for faculty, staff and students from historically marginalized backgrounds.

The GA for Diversity and Community Engagement (DCE) will aid in graduate student recruitment research, practices, and implementation centering historically marginalized student populations.  As CESS continues to expand graduate student academic programming, this individual will be instrumental in working with the DCE Director to coordinate and facilitate graduate student recruitment opportunities. Development of recruitment program design, marketing, research, and implementation will intentionally prioritize as many accessible pathways to include opportunities for students who identify as historically marginalized, part-time, full-time, residents of Vermont, as well as building our regional and national profile.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain CESS enrollment, retention, and persistence database of historically marginalized, first generation, and native Vermont students
  • Research and become knowledgeable of all CESS academic graduate programs
  • Coordinate and facilitate accessible recruitment programming centering target student populations
  • Develop accessible recruitment marketing materials and support which centers target student populations including website, social media, print materials, and online recruitment

Departmental Website: https://www.uvm.edu/cess

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction - Sometimes
  • Higher Education/Administration - Very Frequent
  • Programming/Event Planning - Very Frequent
  • Project Development/Implementation - Very Frequent
  • Autonomy - Frequent
  • Supervising - Seldom/Not at All
  • Advising - Seldom/Not at All
  • Collaboration - Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for the Graduate College

Department: The Graduate College
Availability: Fall 2020

The mission of the Graduate College is to provide the environment for high quality graduate education by stimulating and supporting the intellectual and professional development of a diverse faculty and student body; by promoting interdisciplinary and innovative forms of scholarship, research, and curricula; and by recognizing scholarly excellence.  The graduate assistantship is an integral part of these efforts by providing admissions, student services and faculty support in achieving the overall goals of the College.  Services include support with admissions processes, student services, graduate student programming and the Graduate Executive Committee. 

This is a 9.25-month assistantship (August 24, 2020 through May 31, 2021) with training beginning August 24.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Routinely meet with the Director of Graduate Admissions to review the admissions process and office needs.
  • Perform administrative responsibilities required for graduate admissions, including but not limited to, answering applicant queries and following up on missing materials.
  • Assist with social media and website material.
  • Assist with university-wide graduate student events and programming to include Graduate Student Appreciation Week, new student orientation, professional development workshops, the December hooding ceremony and commencement.
  • Facilitate on campus relationships with undergraduate student resource offices to increase graduate student representation on campus.
  • Manage the Graduate Executive Committee process for meeting schedule, course and curriculum review, policy development and review and tracking of faculty applicants for Graduate Faculty status.
  • Provide administrative support for student and faculty awards.

Departmental Website: https://www.uvm.edu/graduate

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction – Sometimes
  • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
  • Programming/Event Planning - Frequent
  • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation – Frequent
  • Autonomy - Sometimes
  • Supervising - None
  • Advising - Sometimes
  • Collaboration - Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for Residential Life - Assistant Residence Director

Department: Residential Life
Availability: Fall 2020

General Description: The Assistant Residence Director (ARD) is responsible for assisting in the development of a residential community within a Learning Community.  Reporting to the Area Coordinator, the ARD’s role is to support a meaningful residential experience ensuring the residence halls are rich learning environments where students develop and learn the skills necessary to successfully navigate life on campus. 

We, members of the Department of Residential Life, are committed to creating and maintaining safe communities that welcome and accept people of all (dis)-abilities, ancestry, ages, ethnicities, class, gender identities or expressions, genetic information, marital status, nationality of origin, race and color, religions, spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, size, HIV status, and veteran status.
The goal of Assistant Residence Director role is to support our Learning Communities and champion our Community Learning Model (residential curriculum) focusing on student learning and development in the areas of (a) self-awareness (b) community responsibility (c) social justice and inclusion and (d) global engagement. 

The Assistant Residence Director has some evening and weekend responsibilities as well as on call responsibilities. This is a 10-month assistantship (August-May) with training beginning in July. This is a live-in position.

Assistantship Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise up to 10 RAs; providing direction, support, accountability and development through one-on-one and supporting staff meetings.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the ongoing training process for student staff members throughout the year.
  • Assist in carrying out procedures for the opening and closing processes
  • Participate in a rotating on-call system, responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis.
  • Actively confront situations of intolerance and bias using our on-campus response protocol.
  • Supporting and/or leading the recruitment and execution of Hall Council.
  • Serve on Residential Education area related committees.
  • Supports and participates in ongoing training, which includes but is not limited to professional staff training and Resident Advisor training.

Departmental Website: http://reslife.uvm.edu/

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
  • Student Programming - Sometimes
  • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation - Frequent
  • Autonomy - Sometimes
  • Supervising - Frequent
  • Advising - Sometimes
  • Collaboration – Frequent

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Graduate Assistant for Student Alumni Association Program Coordinator (UVM Alumni Association)

Department: The UVM Foundation (UVM Alumni Association)
Availability: Fall 2020

Available Positions: 1

The UVM Alumni Association is part of the UVM Foundation, an 80+ member team, whose mission is to secure and manage private support for the benefit of the University of Vermont. The UVM Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships among a vibrant, global and diverse community engaged by a common desire to preserve, celebrate and enhance the University of Vermont and to enrich the lives of its members.  The UVM Foundation and Alumni Association is a supportive and open environment committed to the values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.

The UVM Alumni Association is looking for an enthusiastic, high-energy, and highly organized graduate student to support our student engagement and events initiatives. The Student Alumni Association Program Coordinator is intended for individuals planning careers in higher education or non-profits with an interest in student affairs, alumni relations, communications and marketing, fundraising and development, institutional advancement, and/or event planning.  Candidates must be current graduate students.

Learning Outcomes and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of student engagement through supervision of the Student Alumni Association. Tasks include:
  • Advise the Student Alumni Association that has representation from every undergraduate class year.
  • Supervise and mentor the 7 executive board members- President, Vice President, Director- Campus Events, Director- Marketing and Communications, Director, Senior Program, Director- Affinity Programs and Director- Philanthropy Programs. Meet with executive board and individual directors.
  • Coordinate all SAA -wide programs and initiatives (e.g. fall retreat, spring membership recruitment, leadership development seminars and programs, surveys and assessments, events and group development initiatives).
  • Work to strategically diversify SAA, aiding them in their mission to represent and engage the entire student body, using a variety of methods (e.g. marketing, programming, outreach, etc.) and incorporate the Foundation’s values of PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence) into the SAA Program.
  • Work closely with the Director of Senior Programs to develop a comprehensive, accessible, and safe week of activities and events for seniors during the week before commencement.
  • Aid in large institutional programs like Convocation, Alumni Weekend, Commencement.
  • Serve as a resource and liaison between alumni relations and the UVM student body.
  • Gain exposure to the world of nonprofit development in higher education

Departmental Website: UVM Foundation

Preferred Skills and Abilities:
Successful applicants will have an interest in student development, alumni relations, programming/event planning, project development and implementation, advising and collaborating with a commitment to the highest level of customer service standards.  Candidates should be highly organized, with an ability to work in faced-paced environment and must be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products and social media tools and platforms.

Key Characteristics:

  • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
  • Student Programming – Sometimes should be Frequent
  • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation – Frequent should be Sometimes
  • Autonomy - Sometimes
  • Supervising - None
  • Advising - Frequent
  • Collaboration – Frequent

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Contact

Jilliene Johnson
Diversity, Engagement and Professional Development Director
sagrads@uvm.edu